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Drosophila melanogaster larva

Drosophila melanogaster larva
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1964-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Edixa-Mat Reflex B, Zeiss Tessar 40 mm, Agfa color 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-25 9:25
Viewed: 11505
Points: 8
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This is an old scanned slide of a Drosophila melanogaster (Diptera: Dew fly or Fruit fly, Taufliege, Drosophile) maggot. These larvae are normally hidden inside rotten fruit. The 2 mm maggot has been cleaned and put on a glass slide. You can see the guts shining through, the yellow Malpighi tubes, some fatbody, the silvery air tubes. Where is the head? (--> it's were the black mouthhooks are!). And on its end you see the two air openings.

A maximal extension of the optics bellow was needed as well as sidewise lighting from fluorescent tubes and from a flash . The old slide had to be scanned, the pic was cropped, smudges removed, sharpened. Enjoy!

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You always surprise me with your micro pictures. The result is very good taking into account the equipment used and extra digitalizing work. Lovely note explaining what we are looking at, I enjoyed, thanks!

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-01-05 20:03]

Hello Dietrich,
That's a very interesting picture and definitely underestimated (and I don't understand why!). Maybe the sharpness and noise level aren't perfect but still it's a very nice layout with a subject unique to TN. The maggot looks as if it was made of glass.
I like it very much!
Best greetings,

amazing pic, TFS this unique egg. Ori

Dear Dietrich!
I am really a new one on TN (10 days) so not every single picture was seen by me. Fortunatelly I found this one! It is realy interesting photo from the biological point of view!!! Maybe now a perfect one (I belive that it is possible to sharp it better ;>) but I really like it. Details of fly body are well seen! My congratulation!

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